from carrying out his part of that strategy, because he got himself out from under kilpatrick's orders. farnsworth, on the other hand, was ordered to make a suicidal charge by kilpatrick, and he even questioned kilpatrick and said, "are you certain you want me to do this?' kilpatrick insisted, and farnsworth, only a few days after his appointment to the rank of general, was killed, along with many of his men. custer somehow was able, even under a leader like kilpatrick, to not only keep himself alive but to play a distinguished role. c-span: are there any original notes that he kept, general custer? >> guest: oh, many. he was quite a correspondent in many long letters to his wife in which he discussed and to his family, discussing his battles and his experience in the field but in addition he, of course, wrote many military reports.